As Sony named off each of the NGP's many modern features, all we could see were giant dollar signs piling on top of each other. OLED screen? Near-PS3 level visuals? Two touch screens? This thing's gonna cost a bundle, to be sure. But at least one those perks will be optional and won't be a part of the NGP's standard feature set. According to Eurogamer, 3G support - which will allow users to play online games, download content and continue to ignore the world around them from any place with a signal - is included in a separate NGP model, and will cost extra. Conversely, all models will ship with WiFi capabilities, more or less echoing Apple's strategy with the iPad last year. The actual quote:
“The first thing to clarify, which I'm not sure the presentation did a perfect job of doing today, is that all of the devices will have Wi-Fi capability; a separate SKU will have 3G," said PlayStation Europe rep Andrew House.
"So the user gets a choice. Wi-Fi is available wherever, which clearly is the most important aspect of connectivity and that connected experience; 3G will be a subset of that."
But what about the rest of the world? Andriasang reports all Japanese models will include 3G, with no option for a WiFi-only version. We'd like to think if Europe receives 3G/WiFi options, the same would happen in the US, but there's no word regarding Sony's NGP plans in the States. Which 3G provider would Sony side with in the US? Verizon? AT&T? We expect E3 will answer all these questions.
While we could argue all day about whether "more power" is a fitting battle plan for a handheld, I think we can all agree acknowledging 3G is an important step in the right direction. Portable gaming has completely changed since the PSP and DS arrived in '04 and '05, and the PSP2/NGP appears to be tailoring itself to trends instead of forcing people to play on Sony's terms. Now about that price...
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